Forget about foldable phones: Here’s the first foldable PC

Lenovo Think Pad X1 Extreme is about to get even more extreme with the 2019 Gen 2 refresh

The hinge system on a foldable device is really important and Lenovo says it has worked a lot on it.

The device you see above and below is a prototype ThinkPad. The Verge explains that the battery is located on the right side of the screen, which becomes the bottom portion when you fold it. The screen can further be folded and turned sideways like a book, straightened out flat for movies, and docked into multi-monitor setups. Combining the corporate bonafides of ThinkPads with the design flair of a certain other computer maker's popular laptops, the ThinkBook lineup is explicitly designed for younger workers who need business essentials but crave them in an aesthetically pleasing package that doesn't scream "cubicle occupant". Unlike Samsung's device, Lenovo is taking a more cautious approach with this device by unveiling it and putting in reviewer hands as a prototype. According to the company, it has been in the works for the past three years, and will likely be launched as a commercially available product in 2020, part of the Lenovo premium ThinkPad X1 brand. Out back, there is one each of UB Type-A and Type-C ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a GbE port. A Wacom stylus is also included for handwriting, drawing, and annotating. The first ThinkBooks - the 13s and 14s - are being positioned to hit that sweet spot between creation and recreation, though businesses with any generation of workers can look past the pandering to the younger generation and see the appeal of the new units.

However, unlike the Courier, the device comes at a time when the technology is prime for use and the use cases continue to evolve parallel to its presence, oh, and it should also be able to handle email.

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The company plans for its new foldable offering to be a users "everything" device, (except make phone calls, from what we can tell). In a world where iPad Pros are getting more PC-like for "real" productivity, small 2-in-1s like the Surface Go are enough to get real work done, and more people are using phones to do most of their mobile computing, I'm not really sure road warriors are pining for this kind of product.

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